Life as an English Major

Life as an English Major: William Blake

My professor said at the beginning of class that she fell in love with William Blake’s poetry. Which isn’t hard to believe, because I truly enjoyed the poetry that we read from him, which was “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience”. They were fantastic, easy to read, and enjoyable.

If you read it, it shouldn’t be to hard to guess what’s going on. The “Songs of Innocence” reflect the “Songs of Experience” (well, most of them do). In other words, to generalize it, Songs of Innocence = theme of “good” and “Songs of Experience” = theme of “bad”. That’s pretty much all there is that you should know before dipping into these works. The rest will just fall into place. If you’re a poetry-hater (like I am myself) then you should read William Blake. Easy peasy! This is the ONLY poetry I’ve enjoyed since this course began in September.

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